From The Editor,
The March/April 2021 issue of JWOCN not only contains cutting edge clinical articles, it also boasts synthesis of basic science research that supports your clinical practice. For example, Fabiana Faleiros and colleagues describe methods used by persons with spinal bifida to manage neurogenic bowel dysfunction. This article is important because of its identification of techniques commonly used to enhance bowel evacuation, and the myths surrounding ineffective or possibly harmful strategies used by this vulnerable population.
Kyung-Chul and coworkers also report on a uniquely vulnerable population cared for by WOC and Foot and Nail Care nurses, persons with diabetes mellitus. Their article not only identified 3 potential risk factors for lower extremity amputation among patients with midfoot diabetic foot ulcers, it also serves as a reminder of our role in educating diabetic patients in the care of their feet with the ultimate goal of preventing the diabetic foot ulcers associated with increased risk for lower extremity amputation.
I close this From the Editor message with a teaser from our upcoming May/June issue. It will premiere an entirely new type of feature article in Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing. JWOCN already serves as a platform for articles describing the latest innovations in technology designed to support our practice; look for paired articles from EBRC Section Dr. Carolyn Crumley describing the first in an ongoing series of technologic analyses. Want to know more? All will be revealed in the next issue of JWOCN, your preferred source for cutting edge clinical innovation and research serving our specialty practice community!
Mikel Gray, PhD, FNO, PNP, CUNP, CCCN, FAANP FAAN